Labthreeofive recently completed an installation as part of its Re:Launch event. The event was held in conjunction with the debut of the gallery located next to our new studio.
The gallery measures approximately 4m x 4m. With a single entry and exit point; circulation and flow within the gallery were important factors in the overall configuration of the design. To create multiplicity in the experience of the installation, an elegant curve was derived. This curve gently divides the room, creating one space that is intimate and another that is more transitory. The design was configured in a way that would guide the viewer around it on one side, while being drawn into it on the other; resulting in a C-shaped wall.
As one enters the space, they first catch a glimpse of the external face of the structure. While navigating around the wall, it gradually increases in height before diminishing as the viewer approaches the more enclosed viewing space. The enclosed space showcases labthreeofive’s product range housed in individual modules.
Exploration into modular structures led to the implementation of hexagons as an effective load-transferring geometry. The resultant module was composed of a hexagonal structure projecting from both ends of a central square shaft which each house removable 90x90 boxes for the display of brooches. The hexagons were then manipulated in size and shape to create a site-specific form. The duality of the two wall surfaces was celebrated with one being fortified in nature and the other being intimate and personal. A stop-motion documenting the construction process of the installation was projected and stretched onto the outer skin of the angular wall, engaging the viewer on the formation of the installation.
The final design consisted of 53 hexagonal modules, which were decomposed into 1376 laser-cut triangular faces held together by 3316 cable ties. The entire design and construction process took 6 days and 7 people to complete. Labthreeofive aims to venture into future projects exploring further methods in digital fabrication.